Orzo salad

Another picnic standby of ours, again sticking with the theme.  It goes great with anything really.  I served it with rotisserie chicken and pork loin this past week, but it would also be a great accompaniment to burgers too!  Funny story with where this recipe came from…when we were in college Matt and I would make visits back and forth from DC to Cleveland each month.  During one of my visits to Cleveland, we ate at a restaurant where this was one of the side options and we LOVED it.  So naturally we asked for a to-go cup and took to back to Pittsburgh to Mama Cheater Bite.  This woman can taste something and instantly know how to make it, genius I tell you.  So after several mouthfuls and jotting down thoughts, Bern came up with this recipe.  It has certainly become a family favorite!
You will need:

1 lb. box orzo
1 1/2 cups cooked wild rice
1 cup corn, frozen & thawed or fresh, not canned
1 red & 1 yellow pepper, chopped finely
3/4 cup currants, chopped
3/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
handful of chopped parsley
garlic powder, salt & pepper to taste
4-5 tablespoons Ken’s Sundried Tomato dressing
olive oil

Cook orzo and wild rice according to package directions.  While they are cooking, chop all of the other ingredients and set aside.  Once orzo is cooked, transfer to a large bowl and add a bit of olive oil.  Add in rice and the rest of the prepared ingredients.  Add garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste.  Add in the dressing and stir.  Taste and adjust all of the seasonings as you see fit.

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2 Comments

  1. Marisa
    Posted September 27, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    Ali, everything on your site looks amazing! I have a feeling I’m going to be addicted to all of it very soon…

    • Ali
      Posted October 5, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

      So glad you like it, Marisa! Suggestions are always welcome if there is something you want to see!

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